One of the advantages of living in Los Angeles is access to the UCLA Health System’s hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica. Many travel from locations throughout the US and the globe to receive medical care at the facilities. On July 14, UCLA Health System announced that once again its hospitals ranked among the nation’s best in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals annual survey. For the 2014-2015 Honor Roll, UCLA was ranked No. 5 in the nation and No. 1 in both California and the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The latest Honor Roll recognizes just 17 hospitals out of nearly 5,000 nationwide for their expertise in treating the most challenging medical problems encountered among 16 medical specialties.
The U.S. News annual rankings are now in their 25th year. They denote hospitals that excel in treating patients who require an especially high level of care. “We are grateful and honored to again be recognized for the outstanding work of our physicians and staff on behalf of the patients who seek care at UCLA,” noted Dr. David Feinberg, president of the UCLA Health System and CEO of the UCLA Hospital System. He added, “Our goal is to treat each patient who comes through our doors as if he or she were a member of our own family, with dignity and respect, in a compassionate and safe environment that delivers the highest-quality medical care available.”
For inclusion in the Honor Roll, a medical facility must place in the top tier in at least six of the 16 specialties in which U.S. News ranks hospitals. UCLA earned high marks in 15 of the 16 specialties: cancer at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (ranked No. 9 nationally); cardiology and heart surgery (12); diabetes and endocrinology (9); ear, nose and throat (11); gastroenterology and GI surgery (5); geriatrics (3); gynecology (11); nephrology (8); neurology and neurosurgery (7); ophthalmology at Stein and Doheny Eye Institutes (5); orthopaedics (11); psychiatry at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA (8); pulmonology (16); rheumatology (8); and urology (4).
The Best Hospitals ratings serve as a guide patients who need a high level of care because they are in need of a particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or are rated high-risk risk because of age or multiple health problems. The ratings are based on objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels. “The data tell the story: an Honor Roll hospital has much to be proud of,” explained Avery Comarow, the health rankings editor at U.S. News. He added, “Just 144 hospitals, or about 3% of the nearly 5,000 we evaluated, earned national ranking in even one specialty, let alone put up top scores in six specialties.”
“This honor confirms, once again, that the UCLA Health System is one of the premier health care providers in the nation,” noted Dr. A. Eugene Washington, vice chancellor for health sciences and dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He added, “We not only provide the most sophisticated state-of-the-art care but also rank among the very best academic medical centers in the nation on patient satisfaction scores. I commend and congratulate each member of our team for putting patients first and helping us earn this distinction.”